Just in time for Kwanzaa comes an extraordinary and inspirational DVD celebrating African American culture called “Black Candle.”
This film narrated by Dr. Maya Angelou is the first feature documentary about the African American holiday, which started in 1966 is celebrated after the traditional Christian Christmas, Dec. 26-Jan. 1.
"Black Candle" was directed by award-winning author and filmmaker M.K. Asante Jr. and traces the growth of the holiday from the Black Power movement of the late '60s to the present day. It is told through rap lyrics, archival footage and interviews with some of the nation's most prominent personalities including: artist Synthia St. James, actor/activist Jim Brown, rapper Chuck D, Dead Prez and the holiday's founder Maulana Karenga.
Joining Asante behind the scenes are producers Kenny Gamble, Walter Lomax , Maya Freelon and Ben Haaz. Nnenna Freelon and Derrick Hodge provided the film's score.
Filmed across the United States, Caribbean, Europe and Africa, "Black Candle" provides a unique and definitive look at a holiday that encourages African Americans to adhere to its seven principles: unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.
To order the film, log on to: www.theblackcandle.com